Columbia, SC


Highest Appreciating Columbia Neighborhoods Since 2000

Columbia, SC Real Estate Data

Columbia Housing Market Information

With a population of 133,217, 44,992 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $192,920, Columbia real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Columbia, accounting for 53.63% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Columbia include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 29.49%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 12.64%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.37%).

People in Columbia primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Columbia has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Columbia's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 38.36% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Columbia include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 31.86%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 17.45%). There's also some housing in Columbia built before 1939 ( 12.32%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Columbia. Fully 14.36% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Columbia homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Columbia real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Columbia Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Columbia's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging 0.11% during the period.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Columbia that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Columbia real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Columbia appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 5.90%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 72.81% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Columbia. Columbia appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -0.62%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -2.46%.

Notably, Columbia's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to South Carolina, our data show that Columbia's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in South Carolina.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Columbia differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Columbia - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Columbia real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,073,000 0.8
$805,001 - $1,073,000 1.6
$537,001 - $805,000 4.3
$429,001 - $537,000 4.2
$322,001 - $429,000 7.5
$215,001 - $322,000 13.0
$107,001 - $215,000 37.5
$54,001 - $107,000 24.0
$0 - $54,000 7.1

Very High for SC
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
34.9241670082567 15.6133828996283

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,040 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 35.92
Renters 64.08
Vacant 14.36

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 17.4
1970 - 1999 31.9
1940 - 1969 38.4
1939 or Older 12.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 53.6
Townhomes 3.4
Small Apt. Buildings 12.6
Apt. Complexes 29.5
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.77
1 Bedroom 13.36
2 Bedrooms 34.19
3 Bedrooms 34.69
4 Bedrooms 11.51
5 or more bedrooms 2.48

Columbia Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q2 - 2016 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q3
31.44% 1.62% 5 3
* 10 is highest